Erddig Bryn y Cabanau and Lewis Wood walk
Erddig's Bryn y Cabanau woodland walk is a 3 mile circular walk taking you round our purple waymarked route through a mix of riverside paths and woodland.
Explore a 300 year old wood
A little peace and quiet in the 300 year old Lewis Wood brings a rich abundance of wildlife including bluebells in spring. Bryn y Cabanau Wood is thought to have been used as 19th century rifle range, chosen for its remoteness and steep wooded banks.
Erddig car park
Start by the dovecote and walk east through the coach park, continuing straight on to the stony track. On your right you’ll see the dead oak tree (Quercus robur) home to barn owls and a myriad of invertebrates.
18th century dovecote
The early 18th century dovecote housed pigeons, which were very useful for a stately home. They were a valuable source of food for their meat and eggs, their feathers used as stuffing material and the droppings contained potassium nitrate, an ingredient for gun powder!
Follow the path round to the left and past the ha-ha, where if you look westwards (to your left), you will see the back of the house, the canal water feature and a glimpse of the 18th century formal gardens. The elaborate wrought iron gates from Stansty Hall, thought to be constructed by the Davis brothers, were installed at Erddig in 1977 when the house opened to the public.
Ha-has are a quirky kind of walls built in the 17th and 18th Century on country estates of the landed gentry. They typically formed a boundary between the estate's gardens and grounds and built to be invisible from the house, ensuring a clear view across the estate.
Continue along the path and enter Big Wood.
Big Wood is considered an ornamental woodland as there is a diverse range of broadleaf tree species including oak (Quercus roburor) and sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) compared to our other woodlands which are predominantly beech (Fagus sylvatica).
Follow the path round to the left and take the right hand path, following the way markers.
At the next set of way markers turn right and continue along Lime Walk, taking advantage of the stunning views across French Meadow, following the course of the Clywedog River below you.
Fertile flood plain
The Clywedog is approximately 14 miles long and was once the lifeline of the area for watering the crops and livestock, powering corn mills and driving industrial machinery. There was once 17 watermills along its course and it created a fertile floodplain ideal for pasture and arable farming.
At the end of Lime Walk go through the kissing gate onto the road. Take care when entering the road as there is a blind bend. Turn left and make your way down the steep road over the bridge and towards Sontley car park.
Continue past Sontley Road car park and go through the kissing gate on the other side of the road, following the purple waymarker.
Follow the footpath through Lewis Wood for about half a kilometre, following the purple waymarker arrows as you go.
Rich in wildlife
Lewis wood is approximately 300 years old broad-leaved woodland and positioned at the quieter end of the estate, it is abundant in wildlife. Bluebells are a common sight in springtime as well as being home to a variety of small bird species.
At the edge of the woodland head over a stile leading out onto an open field. Bearing slightly left, go across the field where you will reach an iron footbridge across the Clywedog River.
Continue along the footpath to the right, entering Bryn y Cabanau Wood.
19th century rifle range
Bryn-Y-Cabanau is thought to have contained a 19th Century rifle range used by the Volunteer Corps of Wrexham, as well as the local militia, including the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Flintshire Militia and the Yeoman Cavalry due to its wooded embankments and remote location, making it ideal for rifle shooting.
Stay on the footpath running through the wood with several sets of steps and slopes along the route.
In both Bryn-Y-Cabanau and Lewis Wood you'll notice several trees that have been left to decay naturally. This provides vital deadwood habitat for invertebrates and contributes to the food chain for other small mammals and birds.
Walk over a small wooden bridge and a stile, then head out of the woodland and into an open field.
Watch out for mud in winter
Please be aware this section can get very muddy, particularly in winter.
Make your way up the field and over a stile at the top, then you arrive back out onto Sontley Road.
Cross over the road and retrace steps 1 to 6 back through the kissing gate at the end of Lime Walk, through Big Wood and round the east of the house passing the ha-ha and returning once again to the Dovecote.
Erddig car park
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